Saunders Law Group

Medical Malpractice Cases Archives

Ebola and Medical Malpractice Suits

By now, almost everyone has heard the story of how Ebola made its way into the United States. The now-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan visited a Dallas emergency room on September 25, complaining of nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, and headaches. He and a companion sat in an emergency room with 5-10 other patients for close to an hour before a triage nurse evaluated him. Mr. Duncan informed a nurse that he had recently been in Liberia, where Ebola had been raging. Despite this information and presenting with symptoms that could indeed be indicative of Ebola, hospital officials sent him home with antibiotics. A nurse did log the fact that he had recently been in Liberia. However, according to the Denver Post, there is no indication in his medical records whether this information was passed on to the treating physician. He was discharged early on September 26, just after his fever hit 103 degrees. After Mr. Duncan went home, he returned to the hospital three days later much sicker. This time, he was put in isolation at the hospital. He died on October 8 at age 42.

Changes in Medical Malpractice Laws May Make Suits More Difficult

On July 1, 2013, SB 1792 became law. SB 1792 is significant because it makes medical malpractice lawsuits more difficult to pursue. The law has three main components. First, the law clarified a question in response to a 2012 case that questioned whether or not a health care practitioner or provider could consult with an attorney before serving as a witness in a medical negligence action: yes, a healthcare practitioner or provider may indeed consult with an attorney before serving as a witness in a medical negligence action. During that consultation, the practitioner or provider may disclose to his attorney information disclosed by a patient as well as any medical records pertinent to the case.

Florida Supreme Court Removes Damage Caps from Wrongful Death Cases

Earlier this month, the Florida Supreme Court repealed a 2003 law that placed limits on financial awards in wrongful death suits. Previously, families could receive no more than $1 million in non-economic damages for wrongful death cases resulting from medical malpractice, regardless of the number of claimants. (Non-economic damages are intangible costs that can be difficult to quantify, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and permanent impairments.) Supporters of the former law claimed it was a crucial tool for limiting rising insurance rates in an effort to keep more doctors in the state.

Florida's Wrongful Death Law Explained

When someone dies as a result of another's negligence (where "another" may refer to either an individual or an institution), the surviving members of the family have the right to file a wrongful death suit. Similar to medical malpractice, these suits try to obtain compensation for items such as lost wages, funeral expenses, and the most difficult to define category - pain and suffering.

FDA Limits Acetaminophen Dosage in Prescription Drugs

Although acetaminophen has been a common staple of household medicine cabinets for nearly six decades, concerns about the drug's safety still persist. For many years, the medical community has recognized several serious side effects from exceeding the recommended daily dose of acetaminophen. But as combination drugs containing acetaminophen become increasingly common, it's easier than many people think to reach maximum dosage levels. In fact, the National Institutes of Health reports that acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common causes of poisoning worldwide.

What is the Most Common Cause of Lakeland Medical Malpractice Payouts?

According to Diedrich Healthcare's "2013 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis,"which was based on data from the National Practitioner's Data Bank, there were 12,142 payouts for medical malpractice cases in 2012. That breaks down to one payout every 43 minutes. Florida was ranked fifth for payouts, spending over 200 million dollars on medical malpractice settlements in 2012. The majority of those payouts were traced back to misdiagnosis.

Judge Revokes Key Part of New Medical Malpractice Law

In an earlier blog post, we discussed the potential privacy issues attached to a new medical malpractice law that was signed into effect by Governor Scott this June. Effectively, the defendant practitioner could bypass HIPAA and disclose patient information without the presence of the patient or his/her attorney. Additionally, defense lawyers could speak directly to doctors currently treating the plaintiff's injuries.

Report Reveals Problems with National Practitioner Data Bank

Public Citizen recently released a report revealing that the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) has approximately 50,000 incomplete files. That's a big number - one that's large enough to beg the question: How can healthcare providers accurately screen their physicians?

Contact the Firm

Arrange A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Saunders Law Group

Firm Number

Bartow Office
480 S Broadway Ave
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: 863-578-4755
Fax: 863-533-5800
Bartow Law Office Map

Lakeland Office
500 S. Florida Avenue
Suite 400-4
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-800-3343
Map & Directions